These poor babies are about 5 months old, two brothers, we are calling them Harpo and Zeppo. They have open wounds and bald patches which could be a very bad case of demodex (mange), but a veterinary examination is necessary to be sure. One of them is in a particularly terrible condition, I’m told he looks worse in real life than in the pictures. His brother also is in a bad way. If it is demodex, it can only get worse if left untreated. These two dogs are currently still on the street where people ignore their plight and much, much worse: they kick them and throw whatever they can find at them, because they are disgusted by their appearance and think that their disease can be transmitted to humans. This is not true, demodex is not contagious to other dogs and certainly not to people. The primary cause of this illness is malnutrition, immune system impairment and stress.
What Harpo and Zeppo need is gentle care and veterinary treatment. Pension (kennels) for one month per dog is 240 KM ( 120 Euros / 160 USD ) + veterinary treatment 100 KM ( 50 Euros / 65 USD ). To save these two little guys 340 Euros (450 USD) a month is needed for pension and treatment. These dogs can only be helped through joined forces and they have already suffered so much.
If you can sponsor one or both of the dogs or make a donation – it all helps, however small – it can go straight to the animal welfare group responsible, Andjeo Sarajevo (FB profile is here) via PayPal to: email@example.com, please mark for “Harpo and Zeppo, the brothers with demodex” or via PayPal to our group, AWAB, and we will make sure the money is sent where needed – see below for details.
The situation for Harpo and Zeppo is sadly very common in Bosnia. The country is overrun with strays, and there is a cultural negativity towards dogs. Add this to the fact that life is very hard for most people, who have to live well below the poverty level, in a country where corruption is rife in every situation. Please see my post on Dog Shelters in Bosnia: A Complex Situation which explains some of the issues.
Funds are needed not only to help individual rescues and to help us keep safe the rescued dogs we are sponsoring and finding homes for, but also to continue our advocacy work in Bosnia, uncovering the truth about what is happening there.
On our sister site, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia, you can set up a monthly donation via PayPal, or if you want to make a one-off donation, please go to your PayPal account (or set one up, it’s very easy) and send the money to: firstname.lastname@example.org as a ‘gift’. Click on the image below to be taken to PayPal’s home page.
Or if you want to use the customised PayPal form, click the link below. However, a transaction fee and a percentage (2- 5.4%) will be deducted by PayPal for any contribution made.
If you want your contribution to go to a specific dog or cause, please make a note in the PayPal comment box. If you wish to contribute via bank transfer or have other difficulties or questions, please go here.
This site is dedicated to Vučko. Read his story and don’t let him have suffered and died in vain. Please help the stray dogs and cats in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The situation there is utterly dire, Vučko is but one amongst many horrifically abused animals. Go here to find out how to help them. Money is needed for food, medicine and foster housing. Even just one dollar or one euro will help.